The link between radiofrequencies emitted from wireless technologies and oxidative stress

J Chem Neuroanat. 2016 Sep;75(Pt B):85-93. doi: 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2015.09.001. Epub 2015 Sep 12.


Wireless communication such as cellular telephones and other types of handheld phones working with frequencies of 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2450MHz have been increasing rapidly. Therefore, public opinion concern about the potential human health hazards of short and long-term effect of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation. Oxidative stress is a biochemical condition, which is defined by the imbalance between reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the anti-oxidative defense. In this review, we evaluated available in vitro and in vivo studies carried out on the relation between RF emitted from mobile phones and oxidative stress. The results of the studies we reviewed here indicated that mobile phones and similar equipment or radars can be thought as a factor, which cause oxidative stress. Even some of them claimed that oxidative stress originated from radiofrequencies can be resulted with DNA damage. For this reason one of the points to think on is relation between mobile phones and oxidative stress. However, more performance is necessary especially on human exposure studies.

Keywords: Antioxidant capacity; Mobile phone; Oxidative damage; Oxidative stress; Radiofrequency radiation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Phone / trends
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects
  • Oxidative Stress / physiology*
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects*
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism*
  • Wireless Technology / trends*


  • Reactive Oxygen Species